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Lacking a physical or material nature but relating to or affecting a body.

Under Common Law, incorporeal property were rights that affected a tangible item, such as a chose in action (a right to enforce a debt).

Incorporeal is the opposite of corporeal, a description of the existence of a tangible item.

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adj. referring to a thing which is not physical, such as a right. This is distinguished from tangible.

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that which has no corpus, or body, so cannot be touched.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

INCORPOREAL. Not consisting of matter.
     2. Things incorporeal. are those which are not the object of sense, which cannot be seen or felt, but which we can easily, conceive in the understanding, as rights, actions, successions, easements, and the like. Dig. lib. 6, t. 1; Id. lib. 41, t. 1, l. 43, Sec. 1; Poth. Traite des Choses, Sec. 2.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The play is fiction based on the narrator's recollection of "true" events, just as any memory is constructed by the one who remembers, but the magnitude of that construction is less apparent to the audience because of the incorporeality of the boy.
The other is that demonology ran into fundamental difficulties whenever it confronted questions having to do with the reliability of sensory perception and empirical verification, precisely because it drew on two paradoxical ideas--that incorporeality could be made visible (and so real) and that demons had powers to create camplete sensory delusion.
Unity, incorporeality, and priority are qualities of God.
While this transformation contributes to the ideology of the repressed the dead body, its incorporeality was due in part to the photographic process itself.
In a paper he graciously showed me before publication, `Asomatos: Nuances of Incorporeality in Philo', John Dillon has tried to make the case again for the [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] reading, but claiming it only for Posidonius, who is mentioned last.
In short, the spiritual model of life, death and afterlife increasingly emphasized the incorporeality of the vital principle by contrast with the material nature of the body and the tangible world.
So essential incorporeality gives compelling indication of being perfectly compatible with accidental (or contingent) embodiment.
While Origen gave greater prominence to the fatherhood of God than had his predecessors, his guiding hermeneutical principle was the incorporeality or spiritual nature of God, and from this flowed his understanding that God is Mind, One and Simple, Good, and 'He Who is', transcending mind and being.
For, if the Torah had promised spiritual reward, which cannot be preceived by the senses nor imagined and conceived by their limited minds, they would not have believed it."(16) Albo, however, is displeased with this rationale, pointing out that the Torah commands the affirmation of metaphysical and paralogical concepts like the incorporeality of God or the negation of anthropomorphism, abstract ideas which are no less comprehensible to the average man than spiritual rewards and punishments in the world-to-come.
Chapters 7 through 9 discuss the body and soul, the self, and Plotinus's ethics, noting Plotinus's novel arguments for the soul's incorporeality. Chapter 11 is a miscellany on mysticism, theodicy, freedom, and aesthetics.
52) that each of the five types of attribution possible from a logical point of view failed to apply to God in view of his unity and incorporeality. (21) Maimonides divided the third type, quality (kayfiyya), into four (based on Categories, chap.
See "A Portrait of Spinoza"; "Maimonides and Spinoza on the Knowledge of Good and Evil," 167-85 ; "Spinoza Against the Prophets on Criticizing the Government," 83-90; "The Incorporeality of God in Maimonides, Rabad and Spinoza," 63-69; Physics and Metaphysics in Hasdai Crescas', "Spinoza's Metaphysical Hebraism," 107-14; "Idel on Spinoza," 88-94; "Spinoza and the Parable of the Fish of the Sea," 36975; "Spinoza on Ibn Ezra's Secret of the Twelve," 41-55; "Gersonides and Spinoza on Conatus," 273-97; "Shlomo Pines on Maimonides, Spinoza and Kant," 173-82; "Spinoza's Counterfactual Zionism," 235-44; "Spinoza on Biblical Miracles," 659-75; "Ishq, Heshek and Amor Dei Intellectualis"; "Du mysticisme au-dela de la philosophie: Maimonide et Spinoza" (forthcoming).